Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

by josh on September 2, 2010

Opened: April 22, 1998

Location: Africa – The entrance is located to the right of Kilimanjaro Safaris.  You’ll pass Kilimanjaro’s FastPass+ return queue and then take a left.

Extra Magic Hours: Morning

FastPass+: No.

Type: Self-guided walking tour, zoo exhibit

Similar To: Maharajah Jungle Trek

Requirements: None

Scary Factor: Zero

When To Go: Last hour of operation, which may be earlier than park close. Safaris spits out thousands of guests an hour right at the doors to Pangani, causing crowding from 9:30am to 4pm along the narrow paths. The gorillas are also out more consistently in the late afternoon.

Expect to Wait: No waits

Length: The Pangani Trail is a little less than a half mile long.  Most visitors spend about 30 minutes moving through the trail and the various exhibits, but you can spend as much or as little time as you like.

What to Expect: The Pangani Trail is one of the two major “zoo-like” trail exhibits at Animal Kingdom.  Visitors walk along the path and enter various enclosures and exhibits that show off the animals in their native habitats.  Expect to see hippopotamuses, meerkats, naked mole rats, gorillas, okapi (the only known relative of the giraffe), and an extensive number of rare African bird species.

Rating: 8/10

Commentary: Both Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek are must-experience attractions at the Animal Kingdom.  Many visitors will overlook them and focus on the rides and shows, but this is a mistake.  You may have zoos with similar animals and exhibits near where you live, but they won’t have Disney’s budget or ability to theme an exhibit so extravagantly.  Since you can ride most of the major rides before lunch or early afternoon, you should have plenty of time to walk the trails.  You won’t regret it.

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Kevin Crossman October 8, 2012 at 5:42 pm

The under-water view of the hippo is so unique. A great trail and animal attraction.


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